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McAuliffe to sign budget, not work with General Assembly on Medicaid

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RICHMOND (WSLS) - Governor Terry McAuliffe will sign Virginia's $96 billion budget into law, but not before vetoing several key items. 

Most notably, McAuliffe will veto the Medicaid amendment that would have required the General Assembly to approve any type of expansion. It was proposed by Senator Bill Stanley (R-Franklin County).

During a nearly 30-minute news conference, McAuliffe vowed to find other ways to expand Medicaid without help from the General Assembly. He even went as far as pledging to have some sort of plan in place by September 1.

In all, McAuliffe vetoed seven line items.

The General Assembly can vote to override the vetoes, although it seems unlikely to work since a two-thirds majority vote would be required from both houses. While Republicans hold a large majority in the House of Delegates, it's a slim 20-19 advantage in the Senate.

House Republican leaders released a statement responding to the governor's actions on the budget. It said in part "the Governor has no authority to expand Medicaid unilaterally or without the specific approval of the General Assembly...We are prepared to challenge this blatant executive overreach through all available avenues, including the court system."

The House will convene for a special session Monday to consider the vetoes.

With the governor set to sign the budget before the June 30 deadline, Virginia avoids a government shutdown. 

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